Headphone Review: Moshi Dulcia

 

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Moshi | In-Ear Monitor | $ 65.00

Moshi has become a company I have grown to love for their mid-fi products that don’t break the bank too much. Their flagship models have impressed me thus far. As much as I’d love them to continue climbing up audio mountain, it’s always nice to see something that is more affordable, but still good in quality overall. The Dulcia is a product that is not only stylish, it has a good form factor as well.

Specifications

  • Driver: 6 mm Dynamic
  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB +/- 3%

In the Box

  • Moshi Dulcia IEM
  • Silicone Tips (S/M/L)
  • Carrying Case
  • Cable Clip
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The Dulcia come with a case, clip, and tips included

Design

The design of the Dulcia actually takes a lot from a couple IEMs that I love and adore. Essentially, they take a form factor of Etymotics, but with some spice and shine added on. Moshi has taken advantage of the Aluminum once again, this time in a cylindrical form factor. Aluminum and leaving nothing untouched, that is something that I’ve come to know Moshi for. This is no different. Let the picture speak for itself.

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Moshi left no are undersigned on the Dulcia.

Design: ★★★★★

Audio

The audio signature on these walks away from Moshi’s high-end sound, and steps into the warmer, more popular sense of things. Bass has strong impact and has some depth while remaining well controlled. The mids are smoother, warmer, and more inviting. As you go up to the high end, you’ll find a more relaxed sound to the high end that doesn’t extend too far, but has a decent splash to it. Overall, the signature is smoother and more relaxed.

Bass

The low end is really the strength of the Dulcia. It’s well controlled, but also has a fun side to it. The bass has good impact and presence overall from the low-to-mid bass region. This leads to a nice punch as well that isn’t the fastest in its class. Texture is there, but it really isn’t anything special. You can feel it, you can hear it; it has good presence. It just doesn’t dig deep enough.

Bass: ★★★★½

Mids

The midrange overall is good, not great, but definitely good overall. The detailing is ample and will show enough information, but can use some improvement. Clarity is one of the strong suites of this IEM though, probably the best part of the midrange. The midrange remains smooth overall, with a nicely sized sound stage. It’s not the biggest, but big enough. Vocals have a nice hint of sweetness to them, but definitely can go that extra 10% to make vocals pop. Otherwise, they remain lush and inviting.

Mids: ★★★★

Highs

The highs have a slight roll off on the Dulcia; this creates the feeling of a relaxing, and smooth, signature. With that said, a loss of detailing is done, as is clarity; both due to the lack of extension. The sparkle, splash, and energy are all present in the highs though despite this roll off. The separation of instruments is also left unharmed. Overall, the highs are soft and smooth.

Highs: ★★★★

Audio: ★★★★

Build

Moshi includes a really nice case with the Dulcia that is above that included with many other IEMs in the price range. It’ll do an ample job of protecting your headphones, but will leave the cable exposed. This can be a good or bad thing. In the end, it also will leave a bend in the cable right before the strain relief in one of your housings, but not both.

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As always, Moshi offers a unique case with the Dulcia. Unfortuntately, it does leave cables exposed.

The housing are strong though, the aluminum on them seems very strong and durable overall. They will withstand some punishment really easily and live on to tell the tale, like all Moshi products. Strain reliefs sticking out of each housing is nice and strong as well.

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The aluminum housings aren’t just for looks, they also protect the drivers within.

The cable, on the other hand has one caveat. It’s a little thin for my tastes. I do wish it was a little thicker, it’d feel much stronger. It is, however, tangle resistant, and the wrapping mechanism on the case ensures it won’t ever tangle.

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The cable is not my favorite type, but it is sufficient. A clip is included to reduce microphonics.

The headphone jack appears to have no strain relief. However, Moshi’s development team has stated that it does due to the way the cable is inserted deeper into the actual jack. It is also an angled jack that feels strong and sturdy though. Gold plating will ensure a resistance to corrosion.

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The headphone jack isn’t the sturdiest that I’ve seen, but it is angled which is a good sign.

Build: ★★★★½

Comfort

These may take the form factor of an Etymotic, but they in no way go as deep. That said, comfort with these is phenomenal. You can wear them up or down; although down is easier to do than up. I had no problems either way. There are three hybrid tips included for use, which are comfortable as well. Fit was no issue with these IEMs.

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3 pairs of hybrid tips are included with the Dulcia. They are colored to differentiate between right (red) and left (white).

Comfort: ★★★★★

Value

Being priced at 65 dollars, I really can’t complain. They are definitely on my recommendation list, although there is better for cheaper. Moshi really makes a fine product here, something that is respectable, but also stylish. Sound quality is well worth its price; it’s geared towards the consumer crowd as well. For the price, I really can’t complain. An Android compatible, single button, remote and mic is also included with the Dulcia. It will also function on an iDevice.

Value: ★★★★½

Final Thoughts

Through the Dulcia, Moshi shows that you don’t have to spend 150 dollars to get decent audio with good looks. Although I didn’t entirely love their low end offering, the Moonrock, the Dulcia is something that I can recommend and stand behind as an audio enthusiast. Is the the top of the top? No, but it’s good enough.

I’d like to thank Jennifer for the review sample.

Overall Score

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Moshi Dulcia

† All prices are in US currency.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Cumulative scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
This accessory, product, or app was received as a sample. Thanks Jennifer for the product sample.
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